#43: Starved Rock State Park; Utica, IL
Home City: Chicago
Distance: 93 miles
Perfect for: Outdoorsy couples
Couples can connect with nature—and each other—at Starved Rock State Park. Forests of oak, pine and cedar trees fill the 2,630-acre park, which also contains 13 miles of hiking trails, 18 canyons, sparkling waterfalls and sandstone bluffs with sweeping views of the Illinois River. Day trippers can also go fishing, take a ride on a paddlewheel boat or just sneak off to a secluded spot for some private canoodling.
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